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February 2024 Featured Resources

National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

In his Proclamation, President Biden states, “During National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, we recommit to building a future where our Nation’s young people can live free from violence, fear, and abuse.” 

Unhealthy, abusive, or violent relationships can have short- and long-term negative effects, including severe consequences, on a developing teen. Nearly 1 in 12 high school students report having experienced physical dating violence in the past year. And about 1 in 12 high school students report having experienced sexual dating violence in the past year according to the 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Access public awareness materials on teen dating violence on the love is respect website, developed with funding from OVC. The love is respect helpline is available 24/7 by phone, text, or online chat for teens, young adults, and their loved ones seeking support.

The following hotlines received funding from OVC in FY 2023 and also provide services to victims of dating violence.

  • National Domestic Violence Hotline 
    Victims of dating violence can contact this free and confidential hotline anytime to receive support. OVC awarded funding to this hotline to increase their capacity to serve those harmed by domestic violence and, more specifically, survivors of technology-facilitated gender-based violence, especially young people.
  • Image Abuse Helpline
    This 24/7 hotline is the dedicated to assisting victims of image-based sexual abuse. With funding from OVC, the hotline will offer information and referrals; conduct physical safety assessments; offer guidance related to image searching, documenting evidence, image reporting, and image takedown; provide referrals to attorneys, and more. OVC funds will also support efforts to raise awareness about the hotline and the services they provide.
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline (La Línea de Ayuda Nacional online de Abuso Sexual)
    The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) provides free, confidential hotline support services for English- and Spanish-speaking survivors of sexual assault. OVC funding will assist RAINN to meet increased demand these services, enhance staff training, conduct outreach to historically underserved and marginalized communities, and pilot a confidential text hotline.
  • VictimConnect
    This hotline offers a safe space where victims of crime, including victims of dating violence, can learn about their rights and options confidentially and compassionately. With OVC funds, the hotline will seek to expand their hours of operation to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate support 24/7. The project will also support a collaborative needs assessment of victims experiencing cybercrime and technology facilitated crimes.

Find additional information and resources on the following websites:

National Black History Month

National Black History Month

In his National Black History Month Proclamation, President Biden states, “Since taking office, the Vice President and I have worked to continue this legacy of progress and lay down a foundation for a stronger, more equitable Nation.” 

OVC supports the Administration’s priorities in advancing equity and racial justice and is committed to ensuring access to culturally responsive victim services. Visit our Serving Communities of Color topic page to view publications, videos, training and technical assistance opportunities, and more. Resources include—

OVC initiatives include—

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, February 6

Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

On February 6, 2024, we commemorate the annual International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

The STOP FGM Act of 2020 prohibits FGM from being performed on anyone under the age of 18. It is also a crime to transport a minor to another country for purposes of having FGM performed on them. 

OVC joins the U.S. Department of Justice to support efforts to build or enhance community responses to address the needs of victims of female genital mutilation and identify at-risk girls through our Addressing Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting program.

OVC made five FGM awards totaling nearly $1.4 million in FY 2021 and seven awards—six program sites and one technical assistance provider—totaling nearly $3 million in FY 2020. RTI International’s Addressing Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting Training and Technical Assistance Program provides tailored, one-on-one training and technical assistance to organizations seeking support on FGM-related programs of all kinds. Request training and technical assistance today.

Visit the U.S. Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Female Genital Mutilation or Cutting and join us as we raise awareness of this harmful practice and the services available to victims. The fact sheet is available in English, Amharic, Arabic, Bahasa, French, Somali, Swahili, and Tigrinya.

Date Published: February 5, 2024